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1984 – George Orwell

  • “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
  • “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 
  • “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
  • “Scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society.”
  • “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” 
  • “To die hating them, that was freedom.” 
  • “One question at any rate was answered. Never, for any reason on earth, could you wish for an increase of pain. Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled left arm.”
  • “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
  • “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
  • “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
  • “War is peace. 
    Freedom is slavery. 
    Ignorance is strength.” 
  • “The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
  • “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
  • “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
  • “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  • “If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.” 
  • “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
  • “Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” 
  • “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.” 
  • “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
  • “Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” 
  • “Sanity is not statistical.”
  • “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
  • “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” 
  • “The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
  • “Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
  • “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull. ”
  • “What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”
  • “Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.” 
  • “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.”
  • “In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.” 
  • “We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.”
  • “The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.”